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Three American women, rooming together while working abroad in Rome, Italy, hope for romance and marriage. Frances, oldest of the three, has been fifteen years a secretary to novelist John Frederick Shadwell, a man whom she loves but whose reclusive nature prompts most people to believe him long since dead. Anita, one week away from returning to America (under the claim of getting married), finally bucks company rules (and gets caught) by finally accepting an invitation from an Italian co-worker to visit his family's farm for his sister's wedding. Newly arrived Maria soon sets her generally innocent eyes on Dino di Cessi, an actual prince with a reputation for womanizing, and makes a play for him by making herself his perfect match.Written by
Dazzling cinematography and a wonderful story line made this 1954 blockbuster film the treasure that it is.
The story of the loves of 3 secretaries in Rome is absolutely captivating.
Headed by a fine cast, the film succeeds beyond expectations. The real-life tragic Maggie McNamara is engaging as an Audrey Hepburn look alike who finds romance with a young Louis Jourdan, who sheds his usual French accent in this film. McNamara tries to learn everything about the wealthy Jourdan character to snag him. However, her true love for him, makes her confess what she has done.
The always reliable Dorothy McGuire and Clifton Webb again show their mettle. She has been working for him for 15 years in Rome, when she decides to go home and Webb, to keep her, proposes marriage. She happily accepts but when Webb learns that he has a terminal brain tumor, he tells her that he was too impulsive in proposing. Their resolution is most poignant in the film.
Rossano Brazzi and Jean Peters play the third couple here. A misunderstanding and violation of company rules costs Brazzi his job, but love will conquer all.
This picture is definitely for the romantic and young at heart. There had to be some controversy here when the title song of this film beat out The Man Who Got Away from Judy Garland's "A Star is Born." There should have been a tie in this category.
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